November 22, 2017

Communicating During a Disaster

In the last couple of weeks, we’ve had a major hurricane and extensive flooding in Texas, wildfires in California and Oregon, and now a Category 5 hurricane is threatening Puerto Rico and Florida.  September happens to be National Preparedness Month and it is very timely to discuss various aspects of preparedness.

Communications is Crucial

In an emergency, it is important to have a way to communicate – you need it to contact emergency services as well as with friends and family.  During our recent hurricane, many victims had difficulties contacting emergency services to get rescued from the ensuing floods.

The following infographic gives some great tips on how to maintain communications during a disaster.




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4 Comments on Communicating During a Disaster

  1. You left out ham radio 🙂 This July we had a lot of fires where I live and some cell towers were lost. My favorite hiking area was affected. My 2m HT still worked though. I studied online about 15 minutes a day for a month then paid $15 to take the exam. My Baofeng HT only cost $26. Well worth the minimal effort and cost.

    • Hi Porcupine, $26 for the Baofeng is very affordable. Good to know you can study online for the exam. Thanks for the comment.

  2. A friend of mine put in a “btech uv-2501” in his car with a Nagoya UT-72 mag mount dual band antenna for around $150. It has been working very good for him for the past 3 months. Output power is 25 watts and more than enough for the repeaters he wants to hit while traveling around. More reliable than an HT. And a 1/3 of the cost of my Yaesu mobile set up.

    • Hi Iseezitbuysit, Not a bad setup! Glad to know it is working well, and is reasonably priced. Thanks for the comment.

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